Western Washington is getting a new area code next month.
Starting Aug. 28, phone companies will begin assigning the new 564 area code to new accounts. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the new area code last year in response to demand for more phone numbers in Western Washington.
Your current telephone number and area code will not change.
However, beginning July 29, people will have to dial the area code plus the phone number to call local numbers in Western Washington.
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The new 564 area code will at first be offered in areas that currently use 360; later, it will be offered in areas covered by 206, 253 and 425 as demand grows. Officials say 360 numbers could run out early next year.